Hello there!

We're just popping into your weekend, to say we hope it's a wonderful one, and that you're soaking up all the Independence Day festivities!

And whether you're Stateside or not, here's to a hot one wherever you are, perhaps filled with BBQ food, cocktails and fun times (that's what we're hoping for anyway!)


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And if you're squeezing some wedding planning in among all the weekend merriment, we've got just the inspiration tools to help you on your way.

We've featured some rather pretty, and incredibly laid back real weddings this week to leave you entirely inspired in opting for a relaxed affair.

Keeping it this side of the Atlantic, Sarah and Richard celebrated their nuptials in an English country house, with gin and tonics and cool decor. While over in Ireland, Bairbre and Barry stopped for ice-cream and Guinness on the way to their reception.

We love couples who keep it casual!

Every bride dreams of glossy hair, glowing skin, and perfect nails on her wedding day, and now it's within reach with our top tips from the experts with our Ultimate Pre-Wedding Beauty Guide.

Continuing the inspiration, a stellar team of vendors got together to create this stunning Watercolour and Orchid inspiration shoot (our new favourite combination!) and we fell in love with dresses fit for a princess as we swooned over the new Grace Kelly-inspired collection from Wtoo Bridal.

Speaking of regal, we've been eyeing up a new trend for queen bee brides. Crowns are going to be big, you heard it here first!

Our cake columnist Jaclyn finished up her rundown of 2014 Wedding Cake Trends with the most wonderful of them all, the Dessert Table.

Then, after all that hard work, we let our hair down to talk about brides with bangs, and we cosied up with some sweetheart tables just for two!

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Photo by Haley Sheffield via Southern Weddings

Oh and of course, for the week that's in it, we couldn't forget the 4th of July. Check out our top tips and ideas for adding a little Independence Day atmosphere to your wedding day all year 'round with sparklers and fireworks.

Well that's us checking out for the weekend, stay stunned for more awesome inspiration next week – and until then, have a good one!

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